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Physical Attraction

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Jun 27, 2019

Inertial confinement fusion has a secret weapon - after all, it's just a scaled-down hydrogen bomb, which gives us hope that it might not be too difficult to fuse fuel under these conditions. This was supposedly confirmed by underground nuclear tests called Halite and Centurion... but all the details are classified.

Jun 27, 2019

Released as a special treat/taster of what Patreon backers get.

Jun 20, 2019

In this episode, we cover one of the biggest scientific scandals in history: the tragic, tawdry tale of Fleischmann, Pons, and "Cold Fusion".


Jun 13, 2019

A step by step description of an experiment run at JET, with information from the Culham Website (CCFE).


Jun 6, 2019

We discuss the Joint European Torus - the most successful tokamak fusion reactor to date, and the source of a great deal of our knowledge about the outer limits of performance for magnetic confinement fusion.